Definition - What does Broadband Router mean?
A broadband router is a type of networking device that allows end users to access broadband Internet from an Internet service provider (ISP). The ISP usually provides and configures a broadband router for end users.
A broadband router is also known as a broadband modem, digital subscriber line (DSL) modem or asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) modem.
Techopedia explains Broadband Router
The Internet connection provided by a broadband router can be any of the following:
- Digital subscriber line (DSL)
- Asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL)
- Fiber optic
- Any other high-speed network medium
A broadband router combines the features of a network switch, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server and firewall in one device. It generally has several local area network (LAN) ports, wireless connectivity options and built-in security features.
The key features of a broadband router are:
- Provides connectivity and authenticates ISP subscribers
- Enables broadband Internet access for users
- Connects using wired or wireless LAN
- Provides simultaneous Internet access for multiple users